The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) descibes Maintenance of Certification (MOC) as a system of ongoing professional development and practice assessment and improvement. It challenges physicians to focus on the continuous development of their skill set, especially those skills that enable them to function effectively in inerprofessional teams, integrated systems of care, and community settings.
The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) utilizes MOC to continually assess ABFM Diplomates. The ABFM's implementation of MOC, called Family Medicine Certification, has four basic components:
CONTINUOUS CERTIFICATION PROCESS
To maintain your certification, you will need to complete all requirements of the Continuous Certification Process. This process is divided into continuous 3-year stages, with an examination every 10 years. Within each stage, there are minimum requirements for Knowledge Self-Assessment and Performance Improvement activities, as well as total points and CME credits. Every 10 years, you may choose to either take the one-day examination or participate in the alternative Family Medicine Certification Longitudinal Assessment (FMCLA) method for demonstrating cognitive expertise. Additionally, you must always remain in compliance with ABFM Guidelines for Professionalism, Licensure, and Personal Conduct. ABFM recommends that you participate in at least one certification activity per year to say current with your certification. However, because that’s not always possible, there is flexibility built into the process and the required activities may be completed at any time during each three-year stage.
The AAFP offeres a number of resources explaining Maintenance of Certfication here.